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African American Fiction

November 2010

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The Best of Everything: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel by Kimberla Lawson Roby.
Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 8 hours 25 minutes.
The Reverend Curtis Black's twenty-two-year-old unemployed daughter Alicia has a shopping addiction. Her lies and denial threaten her recent marriage to Phillip Sullivan, who is her father's assistant pastor. But Alicia seeks refuge from her problems by having an affair with wealthy drug dealer Levi Cunningham--until scandal erupts. 2009. Download The Best of Everything: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel, DB68824

Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins.
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 9 hours 36 minutes.
After her marriage of thirty years dissolves, former social worker Bernadine Edwards uses her millions to buy the bankrupt town of Henry Adams, Kansas--first settled by freed slaves. Bernadine becomes determined to create a safe haven for foster children and teens. Some strong language. 2009. Download Bring on the Blessings, DB69107

Can I Get a Witness? by ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 8 hours 35 minutes.
Houston. Workaholic divorce-court judge Vanessa Colton-Kirk confronts the possible end of her own marriage when she discovers that her husband, Thomas, is having an affair. Meanwhile, Vanessa's sister Dionne also faces man troubles. Dionne's lover, who is supposed to be getting a divorce, has another girlfriend. 2008. Download Can I Get a Witness?, DB67654

The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles.
Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 11 hours 45 minutes.
1863. Freed slave Britt Johnson moves his family to remote Young County, Texas. While Johnson travels on a supply-buying trip, the Comanches and Kiowas attack and kill some of his relatives and capture others. Johnson tracks the assailants but finds captives unwilling to return home. Violence and strong language. 2009.  Download The Color of Lightning, DB69626

Devil's Gonna Get Him: A Tamara Hayle Mystery by Valerie Wilson Wesley.
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 6 hours 29 minutes.
Newark, New Jersey. Wealthy, arrogant Lincoln Storey hires African American cop-turned-PI Tamara Hayle to trail his stepdaughter's boyfriend, Brandon Pike-Tamara's former lover. When Lincoln drops dead at a fundraiser, Tamara delves into his sordid personal life, ultimately becoming a target herself. Strong language. 1995. Download Devil's Gonna Get Him, DB68565

The Devil Is a Lie by ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time 7 hours 20 minutes.
After Nina Lawson wins the lottery, her fiancé and relatives hit her up for money, but she learns she's technically still married to her estranged, adulterous husband Todd, who's entitled to half the winnings. Todd wants to provide for his ailing grandmother, so Nina and Todd pray for guidance. 2009. Download The Devil Is a Lie, DB69874

The Dying Crapshooter's Blues by David Fulmer.
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 10 hours 57 minutes.
Atlanta, 1923. Drunken white cop J.R. Logue shoots black gambler Little Jesse Williams, while someone burglarizes a mansion two miles away. Crooked police captain Grayton Jackson suspects biracial thief Joe Rose of the mansion robbery, even as Joe investigates his friend Jesse's shooting. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007. Download The Dying Crapshooter's Blues, DB66446

A Father's Law by Richard Wright.
Read by Bill Quinn. Reading time 9 hours 40 minutes.
Chicago, 1950s. African American cop Ruddy Turner becomes police chief of Brentwood Park, an upscale suburb, after the former chief is murdered. Ruddy investigates a string of killings while worrying about his college-age son Tommy. Then Ruddy starts to see a sinister connection. Strong language and some violence. 1960. Download A Father's Law, DB67046

Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery by Sara Paretsky.
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 15 hours 33 minutes.
Chicago. Public defender-turned-private detective V.I. Warshawski seeks Lamont Gadsden, an African American man who disappeared in 1967, some forty years ago. Her search is connected to a decades-old case involving the murder of a civil rights worker-a racially charged investigation Vic's late cop father was involved in. Strong language. 2009. Download Hardball, DB69756

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 17 hours 37 minutes.
Jackson, Mississippi; 1962-1964. College grad and fledgling writer Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan searches for a book-worthy project. At the urging of an editor, Skeeter interviews African American maids Aibileen and Minny about their relationships with their employers. Violating integration laws, the three women question their lives. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009. Download The Help, DB68889

Her Little Black Book by Brenda Jackson.
Read by Robin Miles. Reading time 8 hours 9 minutes.
When Courtney Andrews's cousin Sonya marries, she gives Courtney her list of available men. Courtney suffers through some awful dates before meeting Lake Masters, an older advertising executive. But the ways of Courtney's philandering father influence her relationships. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2008. Download Her Little Black Book, DB68843

Palace Council by Stephen L Carter.
Read by Kevin Collins. Reading time 21 hours 58 minutes.
Harlem, 1950s. African American writer Eddie Wesley stumbles upon the body of white attorney Philmont Castle. Two years later, Eddie's sister Junie disappears. Eddie spends two decades searching for Junie and discovers that she and Philmont--along with Eddie's former girlfriend Aurelia--had connections to a secret political society. 2008. Download Palace Council, DB68096

The Pastor's Wife by ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 7 hours 16 minutes.
Houston. Twenty-nine-year-old Terrance Ellis, pastor of Lily Grove Missionary Baptist Church, was raised by his aunts Eva, Dorothy Mae, and Mamie after his grandmother's tragic death. Now the sisters are determined to find him a wife. Terrance falls for misunderstood church member Savannah McKinney, but his aunts disapprove. 2007. Download The Pastor's Wife, DB67645

The Renegade by Cliff Farrell.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 5 hours 24 minutes.
Former army officer-turned-prospector Mike McVey feels obliged to help when his friend Esau Solomon, a freed slave, kidnaps an army bride-to-be, Nancy, in retaliation for the death of his Cheyenne wife. While attempting to rescue Nancy and aid Esau, Mike learns of an Indian plot to ambush the soldiers at a nearby fort. 1970. Download The Renegade, DB57025

Second Sunday by Michele Andrea Bowen.
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 8 hours 17 minutes.
St. Louis, 1975. Pastor Clydell Forbes dies just months before Gethsemane Baptist Church celebrates its centennial, leaving the congregation scrambling for a replacement. Since the search committee hasn't located a suitable minister, party girl Sheba Cochran leads Gethsemane's women on a search of their own. Some descriptions of sex. 2003. Download Second Sunday, DB61556

Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors by Eleanor Taylor Bland.
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 11 hours 21 minutes.
Twenty-two short mysteries featuring African American characters. In Hugh Holton's "The Werewolf File" Chicago police confront a supernatural killer. Also includes "Bombardier" by Walter Mosley and stories by Gar Anthony Haywood, Penny Mickelbury, Grace F. Edwards, and others. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004. Download Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors, DB58506

Sleeping with Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey.
Read by Bill Quinn. Reading time 9 hours 57 minutes.
After killing a rapper in Tampa, African American hit man Gideon takes a plane to London for his next contract. Other passengers follow Gideon with revenge on their minds, while Gideon hooks up with his true love, con artist Arizona. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2007. Download Sleeping with Strangers, DB65743

Some Like It Hot by Brenda Jackson.
Read by Bob Moore. Reading time 12 hours 37 minutes.
Five romances featuring African Americans. In "The Hunter" Mallory Standish seeks help from her former boyfriend, PI Hunter Sloan. In "Strictly Business" Mitchell Farrell strives to regain his ex-wife's affection. Includes "Main Agenda," "Irresistible Attraction," and "Extreme Satisfaction." Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006. Download Some Like It Hot, DB69484.

Something to Celebrate by Felicia Mason.  Read by Catherine Byers.
Reading time 9 hours 29 minutes.
Three stories of holiday romance by African American authors. As the New Year approaches in Brenda Jackson's "Truly Everlasting," Trask and Felicia discover they are meant for each other. Others find love in "The First Noel" by Felicia Mason and Margie Walker's "Kwanzaa Kupendi." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999. Download Something to Celebrate, DB57518

Somewhat Saved by Pat G'Orge-Walker.
Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 12 hours 1 minute.
At a Las Vegas conference, Sister Betty of Crossing Over Sanctuary Temple runs for president of Mothers Board against incumbent Sasha Pray Onn of the disbanded Ain't Nobody Right but Us--All Others Goin' to Hell Church. The face-off gives both women a deeper understanding of themselves and their faith. 2008. Download Somewhat Saved, DB67641

Song Yet Sung by James McBride.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time 9 hours 35 minutes.
Chesapeake Bay area, Maryland; 1850. Wounded and imprisoned by slave hunter Patty Cannon, runaway slave Liz Spocott dreams of the future of her people. Liz escapes and helps fourteen other slaves to flee but is pursued by waterman Denwood Long. Violence and strong language. 2008. Download Song Yet Sung, DB67170

Sweetsmoke by David Fuller.
Read by Bill Quinn. Reading time 12 hours 34 minutes.
1862. Cassius Howard, a slave on Virginia's Sweetsmoke tobacco plantation, vows to avenge the murder of Emoline Justice, an old freed woman who saved his life. As the Civil War rages, Cassius risks everything-punishment, sale, even his life-for justice. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008. Download Sweetsmoke, DB68077

This Fire Down in My Soul by J.D Mason.
Read by Robin Miles. Reading time 9 hours 52 minutes.
Dr. Faye Watkins counsels women of her husband's church on their man troubles. Among her charges are interior decorator Renee, who sleeps with a client's husband, and realtor Elise, whose lover is married with children. Meanwhile Faye faces her own marital problems. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2007. Download This Fire down in My Soul, DB67067

Up to No Good by Carl Weber.
Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time 10 hours 55 minutes.
Queens church deacon James Black is a serial dater until he falls in love with his daughter Jamie's friend. Meanwhile, James's son Darnel discovers his fiancé sleeping with his best friend, and Jamie uncovers secrets about her lover. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2009. Download Up to No Good, DB68712

What Doesn't Kill You by Virginia DeBerry.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time 8 hours 30 minutes.
After her business partner dies, Tee Hodges is unexpectedly fired from the company she cofounded. Struggling to pay for her daughter's wedding and other bills, Tee discovers who her real friends are. But Tee's pride keeps her from asking for help. 2009.Download What Doesn't Kill You, DB69065